This is a brief version of my health/fitness journey with a twist
I’m going to tell you how I lost 90 lbs… but it’s not exactly what you think, because about 10 of those lbs was from having a baby. It’s a mommy weight loss journey. I’m going to give you the math up front.
130 lbs pre-college + 23 lbs during college = 153 lbs after college
153 lbs + 70 lbs overindulging during pregnancy = 223 lbs at 40 weeks pregnant
223 lbs – 9 lbs 11 oz baby ≈ 213 lbs (we are rounding to make things easier)
213 lbs – 80 lbs of hard work = 133 lbs
I’ve always been a pretty “fit” person. I was a swimmer throughout middle school and high school. One of the things I was most proud of was being able to weight lift more than most guys I went to school with. I loved all types of workouts and loved to push myself physically. There’s such a high in accomplishing something physically challenging.
I did not, however, have a healthy relationship with food. This lead to a roller coaster ride of the scale. The numbers on the scale would rise and drop constantly. In college I wasn’t as active, so that unhealthy relationship with food caused the weight to pile on.
I began working out at the gym to drop the weight, but I wasn’t fueling myself properly. At the time, I didn’t know that NOT eating enough calories was just as bad as eating too many. My body was holding on to all the food I ate. It took me all of college to figure this out.
After college I finally had the right formula for weight loss. I was eating the right foods, eating enough calories to fuel my body, and working out to gain muscle and burn fat…but this didn’t last long.
Two months after college I found out I was pregnant with my first son. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I were so excited. It was such a joyful time. We thoroughly enjoyed my first pregnancy. I indulged in every food craving (bowls and bowls of bean dip with tortilla chips, McDonald’s chicken nuggets, and blueberry bagels with cream cheese to name a few).
It was one of the best times of my life. Well, until the last month of my pregnancy when it became very uncomfortable and my son was getting too big for his home. My OB told me at my last appointment that he was measuring very big and she wasn’t confident he would come out. We gave it some time but eventually we evicted him.
There he was, my big baby boy. And 10 lbs lifted from my body. Then my postpartum appointment came around. I looked at the scale and cried. Why was I not supermodel thin?? Don’t all women magically drop their baby weight one month after delivering?? I was beginning to realize what I had done to my body, and the rough road I had ahead of me.
Not long after, I happened to see an interview with Melissa Joan Hart. She was discussing the reality of post pregnancy. One thing she said that really hit me was: It takes 9 months to put the weight on, it should take 9 months to lose the weight.
That was something I never thought of. I had never heard anyone discuss post pregnancy before, and what it takes to get back in shape.
Since my son was born via cesarean I wanted to be extra careful about working out. I took it very easy at first. There were also other challenges with working out after having a baby. My biggest challenges? Well how about the fact that I had a newborn who would not stop crying, as well as the fact that I was exhausted beyond belief to name a few.
Any time I put the baby down to sleep, I had to use that time to either nap myself or clean the house. I decided to commit to at least 10 minutes a day to working out. It was not only good for my body, but also my spirit.
Some days I would put my son in the jogging stroller and go for a run or a walk depending on how I was feeling. Other days I would just do a quick workout video at home. If my son was cooperative then I would workout longer.
The weight started to come off slowly. Working out helped with my emotional state, and I just felt better overall.
The Big Change
About two months after my son was born I started to experience stomach pains. The pains would happen at random and they would last all day. My husband even took me to the emergency room once because the pains were so bad. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong.
I’ve always had stomach problems growing up, and had seen specialists before. The doctors would just say I had a sensitive stomach. So when the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong this time it didn’t really surprise me. I realized I would have to solve the problem myself.
I decided to completely change my eating habits. No, I didn’t count calories, and I didn’t restrict myself. My big change was to just eat clean. No more Cheez-Its, Doritos, Goldfish, etc. Nothing overly processed.
I’m not going to lie, it was very difficult for me, mostly because I have no self control. Since I have no control I just wouldn’t allow that kind of food in the house. My husband wasn’t too happy at first, but it was good for both of us (and for our wallets 😉 ).
Before I knew it, clean eating became my new lifestyle and I didn’t crave the processed foods anymore. But the best part was seeing my body change, having more energy, and also having to buy smaller jeans.
Now, I don’t want you to think that after eating clean and committing to at least 10 mins of working out, the weight just fell off. It took me a year and a half to lose the remainder of the weight. I also don’t want you to think that it will take that same amount of time for you too. Some women find it easy to lose the weight, some find it difficult. And some women only gain 30 lbs during pregnancy and lose the baby weight just a few months after delivery. Everyone is different.
If you are having trouble losing weight, whether post pregnancy or just in general, know that you are not alone. Know that it is possible to lose the weight and there is always help out there. Most importantly, you are beautiful the way you are, and your body is beautiful for what it can do. The number on the scale does not matter; what matters is how you feel and the type of person you are!
*Again, this was my weight loss journey after pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before changing your diet or starting a new workout*
If you have questions about my weight loss journey, let me know. I would also love to hear about your own fitness journey. Please leave a comment down below! As always, hang in there parents!